Carnegie Mellon University

Fall 2019 University-wide New Graduate Student Orientation

The Carnegie Mellon University-wide New Graduate Student Orientation will take place on August 12-15, 2019 and provide information about university-level services, programs and resources beyond your department.  For more information about the University-wide Student Orientation, please address questions to grad-ed@cmu.edu.   REGISTRATION CLOSED AUGUST 6.

Monday, August 12, 2019 (DOCTORAL STUDENTS)

Doctoral Welcome Address
9:30am
Cohon University Center,  McConomy Auditorium, 1st flr.
The Doctoral experience is a unique life endeavor and we are thrilled you have chosen Carnegie Mellon to pursue that experience. 
Jim Garrett, Ph.D., Provost and Chief Academic Officer, will welcome new Doctoral students to the university with a special perspective on the doctoral environment of the university.
Doctoral Student Resources
9:45am
Cohon University Center,  McConomy Auditorium, 1st flr.
Life as a graduate student will be demanding in many ways.  This session provides an overview of available university resources and services to facilitate your experience and support your progress while introducing you to three representatives who can point you in the right direction for many of your questions and concerns.
  • Suzie Laurich-McIntyre, Ph.D., Assistant Vice Provost for Graduate Education
  • Holly Hippensteel, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Community Standards and Diversity Initiatives
  • Sarah Hancock, VP of Campus Affairs for Graduate Student Assembly, Ph.D. candidate in English
Doctoral Students & Standards for Academic Life
10:45am
Cohon University Center,  McConomy Auditorium, 1st flr.
Join us for this entertaining and interactive session that will highlight significant portions of your new university’s history.  Through understanding these poignant times in our evolution, you will come to understand our current day expectations around hard-work, honesty without compromise, integrity and the highest standards of personal, ethical and moral conduct possible.  Expectations for graduate students around authorship and integrity in an academic context will be highlighted.
Doctoral Networking
11:45am
Cohon University Center, Rangos 3, 2nd flr.
All New Graduate Student Welcome! (Doctoral and Master's students)
1:00pm
College of Fine Arts Lawn, Orientation Tent
Welcome to Carnegie Mellon! We are thrilled to have you join the university. Join us as we herald in the new academic year and welcome new graduate students to the CMU community!
President Farnam Jahanian and members of the university community will kick-off the university-wide new graduate orientation with words of welcome, bits of advice and a highlight of things to come in your graduate experience.
Doctoral Students: Teaching at CMU
2:15pm
Doherty Hall, Room 2315
Teaching, grading, recitation coordination, lab  instructor – these are just a few of the hats worn by Doctoral students at some point in their degree experience.  This session will help participants think about a teaching philosophy, focus on how to make the most of your teaching assistant (TA)/ research assistant (RA)/classroom assignment, the resources that exist at Carnegie Mellon to help Doctoral students, and ways to enhance and document your role as an educator.

Doctoral Students: Research at CMU
3:15pm
Doherty Hall, Room 2315

The primary purpose of research at the university is the advancement of knowledge in all fields in which the university is active.  Research is regarded as one of the university’s major contributions to society and as an essential element in education, particularly at the graduate level and in faculty development.  This session will focus on the role of research in your academic program, the value of research to and for Carnegie Mellon and the rigor and expectations around research at the university.
Doctoral Students: Navigating Professional & Personal Relationships
3:45pm
Doherty Hall, Room 2315
Graduate students are often expected to play a number of different roles, including student, instructor, researcher, advisee and collaborator. This session will present information about the University’s expectations regarding sexual harassment and sexual misconduct, including reporting obligations in connection with your work with undergraduate students. It will also cover resources and support available at the University.
  • Jamie Edwards-Pasek, J.D., Associate Director for Office of Title IX Initiatives

Monday, August 12, 2019 (MASTER'S STUDENTS)

All New Graduate Student Welcome! (Doctoral and Master's students)
1:00pm
College of Fine Arts Lawn, Orientation Tent
Welcome to Carnegie Mellon!  We are thrilled to have you join the university.  Join us as we herald in the new academic year and welcome new graduate students to the CMU community!
President Farnam Jahanian and members of the university community will kick-off the university-wide new graduate orientation with words of welcome, bits of advice and a highlight of things to come in your graduate experience.
Master's Students: Navigating Professional & Personal Relationships
2:15pm
Cohon University Center, McConomy Auditorium (1st flr.) and
Rangos Ballroom (2nd flr.)  
The session will be offered in both locations simultaneously
Graduate students are often expected to play a number of different roles, including student, instructor, researcher, advisee and collaborator. This session will present information about the University’s expectations regarding sexual harassment and sexual misconduct, including reporting obligations in connection with your work with undergraduate students. It will also cover resources and support available at the University.
  • Jamie Edwards-Pasek, J.D., Associate Director for Office of Title IX Initiatives
  • Stephanie Shea, Case Manager & Program Coordinator for Office of Title IX Initiatives

 

 

Graduate Student Resources for Master's students
3:00pm
Cohon University Center, McConomy Auditorium, 1st flr.
  • Suzie Laurich-McIntyre, Ph.D., Assistant Vice Provost for Graduate Education
Life as a graduate student will be demanding in many ways.  This session provides an overview of available university resources and services to facilitate your experience and support your progress while introducing you to three representatives who can point you in the right direction for many of your questions and concerns.
CMU: A Look Back To Understand Our Values Today for Master's students
3:00pm
Cohon University Center, Rangos Ballroom, 2nd flr.
Join us for this entertaining and interactive session that will highlight significant portions of your new university’s history.  Through understanding these poignant times in our evolution, you will come to understand our current day expectations around hard-work, honesty without compromise, integrity and the highest standards of personal, ethical and moral conduct possible.  Expectations for graduate students around authorship and integrity in an academic context will be highlighted.
CMU: A Look Back To Understand Our Values Today for Master's students
4:00pm
Cohon University Center, McConomy Auditorium, 1st flr.
Join us for this entertaining and interactive session that will highlight significant portions of your new university’s history.  Through understanding these poignant times in our evolution, you will come to understand our current day expectations around hard-work, honesty without compromise, integrity and the highest standards of personal, ethical and moral conduct possible.  Expectations for graduate students around authorship and integrity in an academic context will be highlighted.
Graduate Student Resources for Master's students
4:00pm
Cohon University Center, Rangos Ballroom,  2nd flr
Life as a graduate student will be demanding in many ways.  This session provides an overview of available university resources and services to facilitate your experience and support your progress while introducing you to three representatives who can point you in the right direction for many of your questions and concerns.
  • Suzie Laurich-McIntyre, Ph.D., Assistant Vice Provost for Graduate Education
  • Holly Hippensteel, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Community Standards and Diversity Initiatives
  • Michael Sinko, VP of Graduate Student Life for Graduate Student Assembly, Ph.D. candidate in Physics

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 (Choose ONE Session Per Time To Attend) *Partners/families welcome to attend any session*

1:00-1:50pm

Getting Started with Computing              
Cohon University Center, Rangos 1, 2nd flr.
Computing Services offers technology tools and solutions to support all aspects of your education and research. Join our staff for this panel to discuss:
  • Email
  • File storage and collaboration options
  • Wireless and off-campus connectivity
  • Technology and spaces
  • Computer security
  • Software availability

1:00-1:50pm

Resources for Maintaining Health, Wellness and Balance
Cohon University Center, Rangos 3, 2nd flr.            
Life as a graduate student will be demanding in many ways.  Carnegie Mellon University is a rigorous academic environment and the university provides the tools needed for cutting edge research, knowledge acquisition and knowledge dissemination.  At the same time, CMU is a community that cares and we are better when we are interconnected through the CMU experience than when we operate in silos.  The university is striving to provide the resources graduate students need to maintain wellness and balance while being the top in their field.  Join us to learn from a panel of staff about current spaces and resources for maintaining Health, Wellness and Balance!

1:00-1:50pm

Master’s Student Panel
Cohon University Center, McConomy Auditorium, 1st flr. 
Returning Master’s students provide insight in to the day to day life of a graduate student, advice and tidbits from what they have learned in their Master’s degree experience thus far and responses to the questions you have as you head into your Master’s experience. 

2:00-2:50pm

Overview of Online Career Resources Available at CMU
Cohon University Center, Rangos 1, 2nd flr. 
This session will cover an overview of online career resources such as Careershift, Big Interview and VMock.

2:00-2:50pm

University Libraries
Cohon University Center, Rangos 3, 2nd flr. 
Carnegie Mellon libraries can provide you with a multitude of resources to compliment your academic endeavors.  Interlibrary loan, research databases, and general reference information resources will be discussed.
This session will also be offered at 3:00pm

2:00-2:50pm

Get Involved in the CMU Community!
Cohon University Center, McConomy Auditorium, 1st flr. 
Are you interested ballroom dance or online gaming? Want to do community service or volunteer in the Pittsburgh community? Interested in learning more about opportunities for governance through Graduate Student Assembly (GSA)? Are you looking for opportunities to build leadership and professional skills? Then this session is for you!   There are so many ways for graduate students to be involved in the Carnegie Mellon community! Join us as members of the CMU community share: ways to get involved in civic engagement, community service; volunteer opportunities; opportunities for learning new leadership and professional skills; how to find information about clubs and organizations at CMU (or how start one!); and so much more. (Partners and families are welcome to attend session)

3:00-3:50pm

The HUB and Financial Life of Graduate Students
Cohon University Center, Rangos 1, 2nd flr. 
The HUB?  What is it and why do I need to know about it?  Great questions!  The HUB is the comprehensive student services center providing students information in the areas of financial aid, student accounts, registration, and ID Card-related services. Come learn more about the people and resources found in The HUB and just how important their services are to your Carnegie Mellon experience.

3:00-3:50pm

University Libraries
Cohon University Center, Rangos 3, 2nd flr. 
Carnegie Mellon libraries can provide you with a multitude of resources to compliment your academic endeavors.  Interlibrary loan, research databases, and general reference information resources will be discussed.

3:00-3:50pm

Student Health Insurance
Cohon University Center, McConomy Auditorium, 1st flr. 
This session is intended to introduce you to the basics of the student health insurance coverage, how to use the student health insurance, where it is accepted, and provide an opportunity for Q&A.
This session will also be offered at 4:00pm

4:00-4:50pm

Tenant's Rights
Cohon University Center, Rangos 1, 2nd flr. 
Information will be provided about signing a lease, your legal obligations as a renter, your landlord's legal obligations and what to do for help with housing issues.
This session will also be offered at 5:00pm
  • Matthew Feinman, Esq., Law Offices of Matthew S. Feinman

4:00-4:50pm

Living In Pittsburgh
Cohon University Center, Rangos 3, 2nd flr. 
Come learn a wealth of knowledge about the city and community you have just joined!  From knowing where to shop and eat, to getting bills paid and ideas for spending free moments, the information in this session will show you how to get around Pittsburgh and explore the resources near campus and in the greater Pittsburgh area.
This session will also be offered at 5:00pm

4:00-4:50pm

Student Health Insurance
Cohon University Center, McConomy Auditorium, 1st flr. 
This session is intended to introduce you to the basics of the student health insurance coverage, how to use the student health insurance, where it is accepted, and provide an opportunity for Q&A.

5:00-5:50pm

Tenant's Rights
Cohon University Center, Rangos 1, 2nd flr. 
Information will be provided about signing a lease, your legal obligations as a renter, your landlord's legal obligations and what to do for help with housing issues.
This session will also be offered at 5:00pm
  • Matthew Feinman, Esq., Law Offices of Matthew S. Feinman

5:00-5:50pm

Partner and Family Panel
Cohon University Center, Rangos 3, 2nd flr. 
Join us as current graduate students share experiences of combining graduate studies with a partner and/or family and discuss resources on campus and in the community, along with family-friendly events.

5:00-5:50pm

Living in Pittsburgh
Cohon University Center, McConomy Auditorium, 1st flr. 
Come learn a wealth of knowledge about the city and community you have just joined!  From knowing where to shop and eat, to getting bills paid and ideas for spending free moments, the information in this session will show you how to get around Pittsburgh and explore the resources near campus and in the greater Pittsburgh area.

6:00-8:00pm

CANCELLED: Due to the inclement weather, the Graduate Student Assembly’s Food Truck dinner scheduled for today (Tuesday) at 6:00pm has been CANCELLED for the safety of our students.  Please be sure to share this information with others.

ALL Graduate Students Food Truck Dinner with GSA
College of Fine Arts, Parking Lot
All graduate students are invited to join the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) leadership and representatives for food and lawn games. 
Partners and families are invited to attend!

 

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion Open House
10:30am-12:00pm
Cohon University Center, Lower Level (across from the Bookstore)
Join representatives from the Center team for an informal meet & greet to learn more about programs and initiatives offered by the Center. Light refreshment will be served. All are welcome.
Campus Tour 
11:00am and 1:00pm                                                 
Campus tour will depart from Kirr Commons, University Center, 1st floor (near Info Desk)

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(FOR ALL GRADUATE STUDENTS!)
3:00 - 5:00pm
Cohon University Center, Rangos Ballroom and McKenna/Peter/Wright Rooms, 2nd Floor
Carnegie Mellon offices, graduate student organizations, community partners and Pittsburgh resources will have representatives available to meet with new students.  Be sure to join us and learn how these resources can aid and enhance your academic and living experience.  Stop by the Graduate Education Office table to enter a raffle to win a prize!

REPRESENTATIVES MAP [pdf]
See which organizations will be there to provide you information
Ice Cream Social with Graduate Student Assembly (GSA)
5:00 - 7:00pm
College of Fine Arts, Parking lot
Partners and families invited!

Saturday, August 24, 2019

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Craig Street Crawl
3:00-5:00pm
Craig Street between Forbes Avenue and Withrop
Explore restaurants, shops, live music and dancing at this block party on Craig Street. Balloon artists, face paint, music by Wreck Loose, free giveaways, and of course, food await you just at the edge of Carnegie Mellon's campus. Come see all the cultural and recreational opportunities the area has to offer.

International Student Orientation

ALL International Graduate Students
Required session for international students.  All F and J students/scholars are required to attend ONE mandatory Orientation and Immigration Check-In.  Visit the Office of International Education website for more information and to register visit: www.cmu.edu/oie.
All Sessions are 8:00am-1:00pm
  • August 4
  • August 13
  • August 14
  • August 15
  • August 23
For more information and to register www.cmu.edu/oie